Sunday, August 10, 2008

Violence to God

Violence to God
July 14, 2008

Matthew 19:6 "So they are no longer two, but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man [separate].

In many cultures, and unfortunately in the Christian culture, divorce from a marriage has become practiced and acceptable. This is not how God designed or intended. God did not design divorce. When He created the institution of marriage, He left no opportunities for divorce. All of the scriptures talking about marriage discuss it as a joining of flesh or two becoming one. At the risk of being gross, consider the mental picture of someone trying to rip your skin off your body. This ripping and tearing of the flesh is how God envisions the act of divorce.

Let me give you a quote from the Lord God Almighty regarding divorce. "I hate divorce," says the Lord God of Israel , "and I hate a man's covering himself with violence..." Mal 2:16. In God's own words, He uses very strong language, hate. Hate denotes something that is despicable or repulsive to God. He considers divorce a violent act. When a man and woman separate through a divorce there is a violent ripping or tearing that must occur in order to separate the two. When God joins something, he doesn't just bond the two, He knits them together so there is no seam. He doesn't create a perforated line where the paper can be easily pulled apart. The point of connection is not visible; there is no apparent line where it can be cut. It must be ripped and torn in order to separate. If it is ripped or torn, there is the risk of ruining the two pieces. It is a very violent action that not only affects the married couple but the entire family for generations to come.

You may argue or disagree with this point, but it remains the same in God's eyes. He considers it despicable, just as He does murder, adultery, or homosexuality. You may suggest that you would never do one of those things, but you may feel divorce can be justified. I am telling you there is little to no justification for a divorce. If you or someone you know is on the verge of a divorce, you owe it to them to pray for their marriage as God will be disgusted when they divorce. It angers Him to see such an act of violence.

And while you may say you would never get a divorce, know that you are not immune from the temptations and sin that could lead to a divorce. Always be on guard against the attack on your marriage as Satan knows if he can convince you to get a divorce then God will be disgusted, as you will have ripped apart what God has joined together. Satan doesn't care about you and your marriage; He wants God to see a despicable act of violence. Take time right now to pray for your marriage and those around you. If you are not married yet, pray now for the protection of your future marriage. You owe it to God and yourself to work on your marriage.

1. Have you ever become complacent in your marriage and considered divorce?
2. Are you aware of the violence that must occur for divorce to happen?

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